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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Did you know that one of the best things you can do to keep Fido’s teeth healthy is to brush them? Just like people, dogs can develop painful—and dangerous—dental issues, such as gum disease, abscesses, and infections. Read on as a London, ON vet offers tips on brushing Fido’s choppers.

Supplies

You’ll need to make a trip to the pet store before getting started. Get a good pet toothbrush, one that is the right size for your furry pal. Pet toothpaste is also a must. Get a yummy flavored one, like beef or chicken, to make the experience more appealing to Fido. Don’t use products made for humans: they aren’t safe or suitable for our canine friends. You’ll also want to pick up some yummy treats.

Starting Out

Don’t just jump right in with trying to brush your dog’s teeth. You’ll need to start slow. At first, just gently rub Fido’s gums with your finger. Offer him a treat immediately afterward, to help him form a positive association with the process. Next, add a small amount of pet toothpaste. You can use a finger toothbrush or wrap gauze around your finger if you like. Keep up with the treats and praise. Give Fido some time to accept this before incorporating the toothbrush.

Schedule

You’ll have better luck if you make teeth-brushing time a regular part of Fido’s daily routine. You don’t have to brush all of your pooch’s teeth every day, however. Just do one section of your canine pal’s mouth a day, and keep rotating. Once your furry buddy is used to the process, this will only take a minute or two. Keep offering Fido treats and praise.

Other Options

Some dogs will never really accept having their teeth cleaned, no matter how carefully you approach training. If Fido isn’t having it, you can look for other ways to keep his choppers clean. Oral rinses are one option. You can also give your furry friend dental flakes, or offer him dental-formula kibble, treats, or chews. Another option is to put some doggy toothpaste on a chew stick. It’s also important to make sure your canine buddy always has plenty of fresh water and suitable chew toys.

Do you have questions about caring for your pup’s teeth? Do you know or suspect that Fido has dental issues? Contact us, your London, ON vet clinic!

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